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Council rejects Doncaster wildlife park's entertainment proposals

Doncaster Council has rejected Yorkshire Wildlife Park's application for a licence to hold live music events for up to 15,000 people.

Tigers at Yorkshire Wildlife Park Credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The park was hoping to diversify into running entertainment shows and concerts.

However, some people living nearby objected to the plans amid fears that they would have an adverse impact on residents and animals living in the park.

Cat kicked to death during Doncaster robbery

Search for four men who carried out robbery at flat

A woman was assaulted and her cat fatally injured during a robbery at a flat in the Thorne area of Doncaster.

Four men broke into the property, in St Nicholas Road, on the evening of May 1st and left with an amount of money after searching the flat.

One of the men allegedly assaulted a woman during the incident. She suffered minor injuries, which did not require hospital treatment. Her cat was also kicked by one of the offenders and died five days later as a result of the incident.

All four men were white. One is described as wearing a dark coloured jacket and dark jeans with a stripe down the side. A second man is believed to be in his mid-30s, of a large build with stubble and dark brown hair. He is thought to have been wearing a black jacket.

And another of the alleged offenders is described as being in his early 40s, about 5ft 7ins tall with dark hair and stubble. He is believed to have been wearing tracksuit bottoms.

This was a nasty attack and I am thankful that the woman in the property was not seriously injured. I would like to appeal to anyone who knows who could be responsible to come forward and contact police. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area or have any information please call 101 quoting incident number 1218 of 1 May 2016.

– Detective Constable Nina Frost


Armed robbery at Doncaster supermarket

Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery in the Scawthorpe area of Doncaster.

At around 10pm yesterday (Saturday 7 May) it was reported that a man wearing a balaclava entered the Co-op supermarket on Crosslands Way and threatened a member of staff with a knife.

The man demanded that the till be opened and stole cash before leaving the scene.

He is described as around 6ft, of slim build wearing a grey jumper and light blue jacket.

Fortunately the member of staff was not injured however they are understandably very distressed by the incident. We would appeal to anyone who was in or around the shop at the time or saw or heard anything suspicious to get in touch. We are following a number of lines of enquiry, including reviewing CCTV, and welcome any information that will lead to the arrest of this individual. I would ask shop owners and customers to be vigilant around store closing times and report anything suspicious to us.

– Investigating Officer Detective Constable Steve Ramsbottom

Prison officer who began relationship with inmate jailed for 10 months

A former prison officer who began a relationship with an inmate has been sentenced to 10 months behind bars for misconduct.

Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Dawn Sheard, 46, of Barnsley, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 4 May for misconduct in a public office after she began a relationship with a prisoner.

The court heard that Sheard, who was employed by HMP Doncaster from December 2014 to August 2015, began sending letters and cards to the prisoner in June 2015.

PC Kay Knox, from the prison investigation team, and the investigating officer, said: “Sheard used a different name to prevent being found out, but during a routine check of outgoing prisoner phone calls, it was discovered that the two had been talking in code.

“An investigation was then launched and found that the prisoner involved had made over 580 calls to Sheard in just two months.

“Sheard had been using a new sim card and phone that had not been disclosed to the prison. The investigation also discovered that Sheard had engaged in sexual activity with the prisoner while on duty, thus compromising the safety of her colleagues.

“South Yorkshire Police worked closely with the prison as part of this investigation and I would like to thank them for their support in helping achieve this positive outcome.

“We are committed to working together to tackle and reduce crime committed in South Yorkshire prisons.”

“This is a good result and shows that any incidents of staff being involved in corruption or misconduct will be dealt with robustly and they will be brought to justice.”

– Dave Hugill, Assistant Director of HMP Doncaster

Concern for missing woman who is 'prone to black outs'

Police in Doncaster are appealing for help to find missing 50-year-old Barbara Brett.

Barbara was last seen at around 10.30pm yesterday by her son at her home address on East Avenue in Woodlands.

At around 6am today, he found that his mother was missing and had taken only her coat with her.

We are particularly concerned about Barbara’s welfare because she is prone to black outs and recently suffered a head injury during a car accident. As a result, her family is understandably concerned about her well-being and where she could be. If anyone has seen Barbara or has information about where she could be, please contact 101 immediately quoting incident 140 of May 3 2016.

– Sergeant Rebecca Richardson

Barbara is described as of slim build, with blonde shoulder length hair. She is believed to be wearing her pyjamas and a green parka-style coat with a fur-lined hood.


Doncaster man Rumble jailed for sexual assault on teenager

A 51-year-old man from Doncaster has been jailed for four years after being convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Gary Rumble from Conisbrough, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court to receive his sentence after being found guilty of sexual assault by a jury.

The court heard how Rumble sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in Conisbrough in 2014.

The teenager reported the assault to police, who interviewed and charged Rumble.

Upon release, Rumble will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

Rumble denied ever committing this awful crime, meaning his victim had to recount the assault for the courts. I am pleased with the positive conviction and I hope that this allows the victim to begin the process of moving forward. We remain absolutely committed to the investigation of sexual offences and bringing the vile perpetrators of these crimes before the court.

– Detective Sergeant Laura Jones

Appeal for information after robber threatens petrol station staff with metal bar in Doncaster

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Police are appealing for information after a robber threatened staff at a petrol station with a metal bar.

The man walked into Barriecars in High Street, Dunsville, Doncaster, and forced staff to hand over cash from the till.

No-one was injured in the incident, which happened at about 7.50pm on Saturday.

The robber is believed to have been wearing a dark-coloured hooded top and tracksuit bottoms, with a scarf covering his mouth and may also have been carrying a green and black bag.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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